TO THE EDITOR:
Our founding fathers had a vision when founding this nation. It included rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. At the University, we often say the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives us the right to free expression, but we refuse to guarantee this right equally to all our community's members.
During my first semester here, fall 2002, my family visited from Charlotte.
Upon leaving, they saw a parade for lesbian rights. Starting on campus, the women marched down Franklin Street, wearing little more than thongs and pasties. The community actively supported public nudity in this case, based on the freedom of expression, yet it refuses to acknowledge the rights for a young woman to have her nude photo taken, or a professor's right to use his property as he sees fit.
Neither the student, nor the professor, broke the law when participating in the Playboy photo shoot. It was not on campus, and therefore, it is none of our concern. Our Declaration of Independence lists grievances against the British, including the dictation of how property can and cannot be used.